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Yankees Shortstop Battle To Highlight Spring Training

Written by Tony Ghaul

The New York Yankees enter spring training with a bona fide competition at shortstop, with the incumbent Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and two of their top prospects, Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe, set for a battle that will loom throughout camp. 

If Kiner-Falefa emerges from this camp as the starter, then either Peraza or Volpe are not the players the Yankees thought they were.

Manager Aaron Boone made the Yankees shortstop competition a bit more interesting with a surprising Spring Training decision.

Oswald Peraza, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Anthony Volpe will play more than one position throughout Spring Training, as per Brendan Kuty of The Athletic.

Peraza is considered the favorite to land the starting job. A former top prospect, Peraza made his MLB debut for the Yankees last season. He hit .306 with a home run, two RBI and two stolen bases over 18 games.

Kiner-Falefa is the player who should be most accustomed to the switch. Over his five-year MLB career, Kiner-Falefa has spent time at second and third base and even catcher alongside shortstop. His versatility will be a big help to the Yankees.

Volpe has played essentially his entire career at shortstop. He has 245 games at short compared to just five games split between second and third base. Volpe enters camp as Baseball America’s No. 14-overall prospect. He is heralded for  his strong makeup even more than his highly rated on-field tools.

Volpe and Peraza’s presence loomed again this past offseason, as the Yankees did not explore any of the free agent shortstops. A group that included, Trea Turner, Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson.

Photo courtsey of The New York Post

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